Fish Tacos w/ Chipolte Sauce

I can still smell the salt air and feel the mist of the sea water as the speed of the boat swept across the waves on our trip to Catalina. It was a perfect weekend, undoubtedly easy to come by on any day in Catalina! It started out perfect, staying at the Queen Mary for our Anniversary and then heading out for Catalina looking forward to having some fun in the sun and eating our fare share of the local fish delicacies! I have to say, my husband is a sea food aficionado! As a young man he worked at the oyster bar in some of the best sea food restaurants like The Chart House and Bobby Mc Gee's. So on our quest for a light lunch we walked, and walked and walked till we were satisfied with the menu for a perfect fish taco.

The fish for taco's can be prepared in a myriad of ways. Many establishments bread and fry them, some use a batter and some cook them fresh on the grill. We really like to taste more fish then anything in our taco so we opted for no batter or bread, just the simplicity of the fish being grilled. In addition to the fish, we make our tacos with shredded cabbage, tomatoes, avocado's and Chipolte Sauce!! The sauce, in my opinion, makes it or breaks it when it comes to flavor! This recipe holds punch and pizzaz! You can alter this recipe with sea salt, which I also add, or eliminate the chili powder and instead use a hot sauce like Tapatia, but in the many ways I have prepared this sauce I only stray with this recipe in the addition of chopped cilantro and playing with the heat, depending on who I am cooking it for.

Prep is simple! The Chipolte Sauce ingredients, which I have listed in the picture above, as well as fish, corn tortilla's, shredded cabbage, tomatoes, sliced avocado's, jack cheese and cilantro for dressing it up and lemon and pepper for adding to fish prep. *This is a note from my dear hubby! Mahi Mahi makes the BEST taco ever! It is meaty, has good flavor and doesn't fall a part while grilling! I sometimes, as I did here, pan fry the fish seasoned with paprika, red pepper and lemon.

Buon Appetito!


Tom Aarons said...

Your photos definitely make it look like the best Taco ever, Laurie. Yum!

Proud Italian Cook said...

I love fish taco's Laurie, but everytime I order them they are always breaded and fried.I always say to my Hubby, I wish they wouldn't bread them. So thank you for this recipe! I've tried making them once but my sauce was terrible, and I think that a good sauce is key to these, so I will be sure to give it another try with your recipe. This is a great summer meal with a frozen margarita to wash it down!

Cynthia said...

Sounds like you really had a good time and the fish tacos are a must-try!

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

I just love fish tacos! I usually go out for them - I really should try making them at home for once!

Megan said...

I'ne been on a fish taco kick since my vacation. I made them the other night with a bkackened red snapper. But I didnt think about the sauce and just used a tarter sauce. That was the only part (the sauce)I didn't like. I have some cod in the freezer and will try it aagain with your sauce. I wont blacken the fish this time! Sounds so yummy, I cant wait! :)

Lori Lynn said...

Laurie- of all your posts, this is my favorite. I love how you invoke Catalina, and your Chipolte Sauce recipe undoubtedly rocks. I do love the Baja style fish taco, and your recipe is excelente.

HoneyB said...

I made your Chipotle Sauce this morning and it is SO AWESOME! I am going to "try" the Fish Tacos with it tonight - I just hope Grumpy doesn't get grumpy because it is called a "taco". This just looks so yummy!

Laurie said...

Thank you Tom!

Your welcome Marie! I hope you and your hubby enjoy! was a great time thank you!

The funny thing about that Jenn, is that I usually go out for hummus! Both are so simple to make but some things are just more enjoyable when someone else prepares them! :)

I haven't had Cajun food in such a long time! Yumm blackened red snapper sounds so yummy! When I was younger we used to go to a Jazz bar in Anaheim Calif, near Disneyland, that is the only place I have ever had blackened fish! I liked it! Let me know if you make it Megan! :)

Thank you Lori Lynn! It must partly be due to the affinity of local!

HoneyB you made my day! Thank you for sharing your success with this recipe! I think we always wonder whether our recipes are tried...and wether or not they are a hit or failure! Hugs and Grazie!

glamah16 said...

I like this grilled version much better than fried! Delightful.

Anonymous said...

It would be even better if the pop-up ads didn't hide the friggin' recipe!!!

Joe Chapala said...

I love fish tacos!

Taco Fish La Paz in Guadalajara, Mexico has a stand on Avenida La Paz in Guadalajara sounds like ‘Taco Nirvana’.

My experience in Mexico is that some of the best places to eat are those that are off the beaten path that the locals frequent.

I’ve been looking for good places to eat in Guadalajara and Taco Fish La Paz in Guadalajara sounds like just the place.

Fortunately, I live in Ajijic, Jalisco so the trip is a short one.

My mouth is watering,


Joe Chapala
Casa Preciosa Ajijic, Mexico